The Note: Faux-mentum?

Hagel Opposes Sending More Troops to Baghdad," New York Times on Sen. Hagel's growing separation for the Republican leadership. LINK

"The Specter of Iraq Civil War Riles Senator," Los Angeles Times on Sen. Hagel's questioning of the war in Iraq. LINK

While appearing on "Face the Nation," Sen. Hagel said: ". . . I hope the President and his people are starting to ask themselves this question: What is the alternative? Are we going to put our troops in the middle of a civil war? Who are they going to fight? This will be a slaughter of immense proportions. The American people will not put up with it, the leadership in Congress will not put up with it. . ."

"No Political Upside in Criticizing Israel," Chicago Sun-Times' Bob Novak on Washington's ability to avoid criticism of Israel despite the efforts of Sen. Hagel and the declining prestige and reputation of the U.S. in the region. LINK

"Norquist puts Allen, Romney at top of 2008 Republican list," U.S. News & World Report on American for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist's prediction that Sen. George Allen (R-VA) and Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) were more likely to win the Republican presidential nod than Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) -- whom he described as a "traitor" on guns and taxes. LINK

While appearing Sunday on C-SPAN, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) called Sen. John McCain "a prohibitive favorite" to be the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee.

"Power lunches," the Washington Times places Sen. McCain in South Carolina after the state recently announced that they will hold a Republican presidential primary debate. LINK

"Myth Buster," Page Six has Sen. McCain's forward to a new book on 9/11. LINK

"Leaders of 9/11 Commission Say They Went Easy on Giuliani," Sunday's New York Times on a story that Sunny Mindel finds "confounding." LINK

"Frist opts to run," in a seven-mile race in Iowa that is, the Washington Times reports. LINK

2008: Democrats:

"Edwards says he wants U.S. troops out of Iraq," Associated Press on John Edwards' not-new call for "immediate" withdrawal. LINK

"Clinton Dodges Political Peril For War Vote," Anne Kornblut in Saturday's New York Times. LINK

Kornblut has Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, saying: "The notion (sic) that 'I supported the war but unfortunately it wasn't carried out effectively, and therefore we should go on but I won't say how to carry it out' isn't helpful. It's not really the exercise of leadership."

"GOP Uses Hated Hil to Vilify Dem Foes," the New York Post on why Sen. Clinton's name keeps popping up across the country. LINK

"Hatin' on Hillary: N.H. Dems Lambaste Clinton," Boston Herald. LINK

"Iowa would be early test for Vilsack," Des Moines Register. LINK

2008: South Carolina Republican debate:

"Political Spotlight to Shine Brightly on S.C.," The State on the DNC's approval of an early primary in South Carolina and the resulting May 2007 debate set by the state's Republican Party. LINK

2008: Democratic National Convention:

"Mountain High Pitch," Roll Call on Colorado's congressional Democrats and their efforts to win the right to host the DNC in 2008 with a "Western-focused strategy."

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

"Wonking out for Bubba's 60th," U.S. News & World Report on the "daylong Bill Clinton wonkathon" to be held in Little Rock on August 19 in honor of the former President's 60th birthday. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

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